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LONDON, ENGLAND: Anglican leader warns of Africa gay marriage backlash

April 4, 2014

Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, warned Friday that if the Church of England accepted gay marriage, it could prove "catastrophic" for Christians in Africa.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion's mother church, warned that doing so could potentially lead to massacres of Christians.

Gay marriage became legal in England and Wales on March 29, with the first couples tying the knot after the stroke of midnight.

Religious organisations can opt in. However, the Church of England, the state church, is barred from performing same-sex marriages to provide it with an additional layer of legal protection.

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